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#1 Desmond

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:08 PM

I'm busy sorting through 400 images right now [ 2 days worth ] , I'll try to post one image per comment so I don't clog the thread with images ....
Yesterday I left Raglan in my 'photovan' and headed through Rotorua and down to Lake Waikaremoana .
It's been 5 years since I was on that road and this picture should tell you why ...

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95km of winding gravel roads ... the first time I did it was in an old Toyota 1300 and I got tired of the slow journey and started going faster around the corners until I was so car-sick I had to pull over and sleep in the back of my car 45km from the lake .
The second time I took sea-sick medication to make it easier and got a little drowsy and crashed into the side of another car on a bend .....
After that I swore I would never go on that road again but now that I have my van and stop often to take photos it makes it easier and I must say the journey was pleasant in comparison to the times I was in a hurry to finish the trip .

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:14 PM

It's not like I was expecting to get petrol here - I just thought it was an interesting building ....

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:17 PM

And further down the road they make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for ....

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:23 PM

Because I was in 'cruise mode' I took my time and actually went down a few side roads when the opportunity arose and got a few snaps here and there ....

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:26 PM

The winding road through a dirty windscreen ...

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:31 PM

I couldn't have done this without the Tokina 11-16 lens

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:36 PM

Then I stopped for a few shots next to this open area - you get tired of being closed in with nowhere to pull over when you're driving - there were a few spots I would have liked to have taken pictures but there was nowhere safe to stop .

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Then the horse walks up and says "nice lens!"

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:43 PM

Maybe I should have called this "the waterfall tour" because there were plenty of them - this was the first lot ...

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:46 PM

it had a name ....

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:53 PM

And this is the first glimpse of lake Waikaremoana ....

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I'm sitting here in a motel [ maybe I'm getting soft ? ] looking through the pictures and the sun has just popped out outside so I'll leave it at that for now and come back in a few hours .... with more images to go through [sigh!] .


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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:48 PM

Did I mention the word "dangerous" when I said "narrow winding roads " ?

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:52 PM

It's always a little nerve-wracking looking back at the van and wondering how good the park-brake is and how stable that piece of land jutting out from the cliff face is .

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:59 PM

Valleys and greenery all over ....

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:04 AM

Then you come around the corner and there's another waterfall ....

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:22 AM

At this point I took out the 70-200 lens ...

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:32 AM

a 7 1/2 ton trailer used in the construction of the power station ....

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:37 AM

After booking in at the camping ground I took a walk to a smaller lake nearby .
The path was quite bushy .

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:42 AM

There is a small hut where the track comes to the lake [ Waikareite I think it was called ? ]
There are also some boats you can pre-book for paddling to the islands .

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:49 AM

A few along the way ...

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:54 AM

And then I went for another walk to another waterfall ....

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:59 AM

It was the "Aniwaniwa falls" , and there were two of them - another one lower down

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 01:05 AM

And then I drove up the road to the Papakorito falls ....


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Posted 20 June 2010 - 01:12 AM

Another shot across the lake looking at the ridge

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 01:30 AM

One from the D40 and 35mm lens

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 01:37 AM

And a few from the D50 and 18-105 lens before I sign off since this ends the first day of the tour ....

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 03:50 AM

Great series Desmond... 25 replies.. :D and only a couple of hours ago. I haven't explored much of the Nth Island off the beaten track.. Lake Waikaremoana is very pretty and all those waterfalls .. excellent, and looks like a few other hardy souls made the 95Km trip as well.. take care. Peter

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Peter................................................ f8....and be there....


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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:52 AM

This is a really nice set that shows the beauty that is often unseen by travelers. It is good to see and serves as a reminder to all that we all need to stop and look and enjoy. Thanks for sharing this set. I look forward to seeing more.
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:05 AM

Yes, indeed, a nice series. Man New Zealand is gorgeous. It it were not so far, I would visit. Do you ever get a chance to shoot any Mori celebrations?

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:07 PM

Desmond, those are nice images of a lovely country. Is that truly representative of a New Zealand Winter? Mark
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:41 PM

Yep , wet New Zealand winter ! :) It was a good drive this time - better when you 'stop to smell the roses' along the way . I haven't photographed any Maori celebrations - I usually keep my distance from humans when enjoying myself ;)




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